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Physical Chemistry

"Thank God for physical chemists -- without them, we'd never have the data tables to look up stuff in."  RWR

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Chemical Databases from ChemWeb.com


you have to be a ChemWeb member [see my "Links" page]. Lots of searchable structure-inquiry databases [for which you need MDL IsisDraw]. Many are free trials from companies like:

 ACD Labs  [1H NMR, 13C NMR, 19F NMR, 31P NMR, logP, pKa] 

Beilstein Abstracts, Bretherick's Reactive Chemical Hazards, Medline, and many others.

Data Tables  for General, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry by Schaeffer, Strausser, Thomsen, and Yoder


don't have a handbook handy? fear not!

NIST Online Databases


searchable online databases in:  analytical chem, atomic and molecular physics, biotechnology, chemical and crystal structure, chemical kinetics, industrial fluids and chemical engineering, thermochemical, materials properties, and surface data.


NIST Chemistry Web Book


 thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program. Has formula/name searchable database including many gas-phase IR spectra.

Entropy Is Simple by Frank L. Lambert, Professor Emeritus at Occidental College


this site and the two listed immediately below are written for students and intelligent laymen, but those of us who teach science can also really benefit from the fresh perspective and corrections of misconceptions that these sites provide.

Second Law of Thermodynamics by Frank L. Lambert

http://www.secondlaw.com/  and its offspring site


thes sites and the one listed immediately above are written for students and intelligent laymen, but those of us who teach science can also really benefit from the fresh perspective and corrections of misconceptions that these sites provide. I know I did!


Shakespeare and Thermodynamics: Dam the Second Law!  The Human Importance of Activation Energies by Frank L. Lambert


once again, Frank explains the importance of the second law of thermodynamics in a highly understandable fashion.

The Page of Entropy by Dave Slaven at Morningside College, Sioux City, IA



another fine expose on the topic from a physicist's point of view

Basic Chemical Thermodynamics from University of Sunderland



Learning Chem thru JAVA by Andrew Rappe at University of Pennsylvania


How do you like them applets?  Just fine!!!  Lots of P-chem goodies here.

WWW Living Book of Physical Chemistry at Bishop's University, Quebec 


Maple™-based P-chem hypertext with loads of excellent graphical displays and mathematical formulas -- brought back lots of memories!

Physical Chemistry Course Notes at Bishop's University, Quebec and CHEMLOG Education CD's by Mihai Scarlate 

http://www.ubishops.ca/ccc/div/sci/chem/indexp.htm  >> follow links

There's tons of stuff here organized by course [of which there is a wide range] and individual lecture within the course. The CD's are for sale.

W.H. Freeman web site to accompany Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins at Lincoln College, Oxford University


has interesting illustrations [without text] suitable for projection ( obviously, most useful if you're using this particular text) -- and 


Web Notes with useful links to other sites

The Physical Chemistry Education Resource Center by Theresa Julia Zielinski at Monmouth University, NJ


I just discovered this with a Google search -- there's a lot of material here

Mathcad Documents for Physical Chemistry by Theresa Julia Zielinski at Monmouth University, NJ


links to Mathcad and .PDF documents covering a wide range of P-chem topics.

Theoretical Chemistry by Jack Simons at the University of Utah


Jack was my classmate at Case Institute of Technology back in the '60's. 
Even then, he showed "scope and purpose" -- as I recall, he was the top-ranked chemistry major in our class,

The World of Physical Chemistry


Lots of P-Chem links

Free Online Physical Chemistry Course from free-ed.net


course material and resource links

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Physical Chemistry 263/4 by Carl W. David at the University of Connecticut



highly mathematical, not many illustrations

Physical Chemistry 351: Quantum and Statistical Mechanics by Carl W. David at the University of Connecticut


"...readings in Advanced Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry, specifically, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics..."

CHM341 Physical Chemistry by Neal Woodbury at Arizona State University


good stuff here

Chemistry 411-412: Physical Chemistry by Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin at Elmhurst College, IL


good stuff here, too

Physical Chemistry Demos at U Wisconsin


pictures, descriptions and references for a wide variety of demos

General Chemistry Demos at U Wisconsin


pictures, descriptions and references for a wide variety of demos

Physical Chemistry at Colby College


syllabi, course tools, and links

Educational Applets from UC Irvine



Solubility Parameters: Theory and Application by John Burke of 
The Oakland Museum of California


a scholarly introduction to solvent selection

A Solubility Parameter Page by Allan Barton at Murdoch University


and/or Solubility parameters on the Internet at


lots of links here

An Intoduction to Surface Chemistry by Roger M. Nix at Queen Mary University of London


yet another Brit hit! a really comprehensive intro, with a lot of useful crystallographic information too

Water Structure and Behavior by Martin Chaplin at South Bank U  


This site provides an excellent and extensive background on the physical and chemical characteristics of the quintessential elixir. Has COW and Chime depictions of many molecular arrangements. For a different perspective, you might also want to check out Steve Lower's AquaScams site in the pseudoscience section.

Chemistry Courses at North Carolina State University


Links to the homepages of 18 chem courses and their faculty; many of these courses utilize WebCT and WebAssign; actual stuff available to outsiders varies widely, but it's worth checking out.

The Squier Group Education Site at UC San Diego  


PowerPointish and Quicktime movie presentations on a number of general and physical chemistry topics. Jeff Squier's group is the successor to that of the late Kent Wilson, who originated much of what is at this site.

Introduction to Surface Chemistry by Roger Nix at Queen Mary University, London


Lots of good stuff here


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Last update  3 / 10 / 06